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. >> reporter: good morning, matt. president obama is in the west bank today. it's his latest attempt to try to jump-start the middle east peace process. but judging by what was said today, it's clear that both sides are still negotiating whether to negotiate. touching down, the president got a stark reminder. militants in gaza, the other palestinian territory fired two rockets. while no one was injured, the president immediately condemned the attack. >> we condemn this violation of the important cease-fire that protects both israelis and palestinians, a violation that hamas has a responsibility to prevent. >> reporter: president obama is hoping to jump-start the peace process with separate one-on-one meeting with prime minister netanyahu and president abbas. getting the two sides to talk together is a challenge. >> the only way to begin the conversations is that we get everything right at the outset, or at least each party is constantly negotiating about what's required to get into talks in the first place. then we're never going to get to the broader issue. >> reporter: during his joint pr
about that. thank you very much. >>> president obama is wrapping up his tour of the middle east this morning. natalie, good morning to you. >> good morning, everyone. that's right. the president is wrapping up his three-day visit to israel as he heads to jordan. nbc chief correspondent is traveling with the president. delivered some remarks that have a poignant reminder of some issues israel may be dealing with today. >> we have the choice to acquiesce to evil or make real our solemn vow, never again. we had the choice to ignore what happens to others or to act. >> reporter: the president heads to bethlehem to visit the church of the nativity and heads to aman, jordan, where he'll have one on one meetingings with king abdullah, on the docket the middle east peace process. >>> the government will stay up and running through september, but some $85 billion in spending cuts have put hundreds of thousands of government workers on temporary furloughs. thursday night the house passed the spending authorization that now heads to the president for his signature. >>> it turns out our uni
the messenger anymore. thanks. >>> president obama is back at the bhous this morning after a high profile trip to the middle east meant to build up his credential there's? david gregory moderator of "meet the press." >> does this represent a new engagement by the president in the middle east peace process? >> i think the president is signalling that he wants to use political capital to get a middle east peace process up again. he was accepteding a strong message to israel and the region that he stands shoulder to shoulder with the netanyahu government. they've not always had a great relationship, but that relationship is very strong country to country, no matter who the leader is, and it's particularly important because of the issue of iran and syria. no doubt, the obama white house will have to be dealing with. >> he is back wanting to deal with domestic issues including gun control. after sandy hook we all understood there was a narrow window to get change, meaningful change in terms of gun laws. what has happened now in terms of the assault weapons ban, and where all this goes? >> well, the
. we are in jerusalem where president obama tomorrow will begin a visit to boost relations with israel, the palestinian authority, and jordan. for the united states, the war in iraq began ten years ago, but for iraqis, it never really ended. it began on a clear night, with military precision, as guided bombs brought shock and awe to baghdad. u.s. troops charged up through the desert, and soon baghdad was falling. iraq's oil money was supposed to pay for the war. it didn't work out that way. from now on, the war set its own agenda, an insurgency erupted that became a religious civil war. sunnis versus shiites, americans now stuck battling to keep the two sides from killing each other, and u.s. forces. iraqis accuse the united states of invading to find weapons of mass destruction that were never there, and destroying a delicate religious balance. the white house stopped claiming all was well in iraq, and thousands more troops surged. the violence dropped, and americans left, nine years, almost 4,500 troops killed, 32,000 wounded, 130,000 iraqi civilians killed. the cost, according to a
'll get started with the beginning of president obama's trip to the middle east. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd is in jerusalem this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. among the first things the president said as he got air force one "it's good to get away from congress." that's the tone he set. there is more serious business here. this trip will be heavier on symbolism, probably lighter on substance. the big small goal, if you will, of the president, is to improve his personal perception here in israel, and hope that improvement gives him greater influence in the region. president obama arrived this morning in israel his first visit here as president. >> thank you so much, good to see you. >> it's wonderful to be here. >> how are you, my friend? good to see you. >> reporter: greeted with pomp and circumstance. topping the agenda with prime minister netanyahu the conflict in syria and iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, but little progress is expected open the dormant israeli/palestinian peace plan. it's not how he thought thi
to president barack obama. >>> emma watson smacked down rumors she will play anastasia in "50 shade of grey." who here actually thinks i'm doing "50 shades of grey" as a movie. like really? >>> we have a very important question for ashley haynes in oklahoma. >> ashley you're amazing. will you go to the prom with me? >> you have to say yes now. you got a lot of support here. we're taking a look at our pick city of the day. in chicago today not going to be a nice one. no. sleet will change over to rain showers. 38 degrees. could create travel troubles at least this morning. there should be some improvement later on today. even though spring starts on wednesday and it doesn't feel like it we're still giving you your pollen forecast. mostly our highest reports coming out of the southeast and down across texas where it has nice warm temperatures above average 80s and 90s. snow basically from north dakota stretching right over into washington, d.c., although we're not going to see accumulating snow in d.c. maybe an inch or so in new york city but more of a new england storm especially late today
-old boy could not be saved. sad story there. >>> president obama is on the last leg of his middle east trip spending a few hours in an ancient city before heading back home. he pledged to help jordan deal with the influx of refugees fleeing the civil war in syria. >>> historic meeting between pope francis and his predeces r predecessor, pope benedict. the two will have lunch together. that will be a power lunch. a meeting of this kind has not happened in at least 600 years. no pressure for that lunch at all, right? none. >>> breaking news overnight. the senate has just approved a $3.7 trillion budget. meanwhile, the budget crisis and congressional sequester has claimed another victim. air traffic control towers at small and medium sized airports across the country. pete williams has more and joins us now. pete, good morning. >> reporter: jenna, good morning. the faa says it must take this step to meet the goal of cutting more than $600 million out of its budget so starting in two weeks it will shut down air traffic control towers in 38 states affecting operations at 149 small and medi
sick. and this incredible expense. >> reporter: after president obama declared the law unconstitutional, republicans came in though defend doma. the case comes in a different political climate than four years ago when prop 8 became law. an example, yesterday republican adviser karl rove said in the next election he could see pub one of the republican candidates favoring same-sex marriage. >> we will be covering a lot next week. thank you very much. >>> an apology from the irs over a training video that parodied star trek and paid for by taxpayer money. kelly o'donnell is in washington with more on that story. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. well, anytime your tax money is wasted, it's frustrating but especially so when it is the irs that's accused of poor judgment. a congressional committee found this star trek spoof didn't have any training value in it at all. to boldly go hollywood. ♪ the irs spent $60,000. >> captain log. >> reporter: making two videos including this elaborate "star trek" parody. >> sorry about the uniforms, the dry cleaner gave us the wrong order.
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